UPDATE—FRAZIER PARK, CA (Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021 at 8 a.m.)—Friends and family of Deputy Gabriel Gonzales are planning an event for Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Frazier Park substation: “We would like to extend an invitation to the mountain community to honor Deputy Gabriel Gonzales on Saturday, September 25, 2021, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, Frazier Park substation.
“During this time, we will have two banners, provided by owner Eugene of Mountain Top Graphics, for the community to sign and later to be gifted to his children.
“Following the signing, personnel of KCSO and the family and friends of Gabriel Gonzales will have a candlelight vigil from 7 to 9 p.m., which the community is also welcomed to attend.”
A memorial fund is also established to help the family. Deputy Gonzales died last week after a battle with covid-19. His family has been public with that fact. His girlfriend is also struggling with covid-19. Together, they were raising five children, including Gonzales’ two sons.
FRAZIER PARK, CA (Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at 9:45 a.m.)—Frazier Park is mourning the loss of its beloved deputy Gabriel Gonzales. Kern County Sheriff’s Office confirmed for The Mountain Enterprise this morning that Gonzales has died, but did not specify a date, time or cause of death.
According to a social media post by Arthur Gonzales (Gabriel’s younger brother), he died Thursday evening. Jessica Carabajal (Gabriel’s girlfriend), posted a message saying Gabriel had been placed on a ventilator in the ICU covid wing of the hospital Wednesday afternoon. Dustin Contreras posted a message saying he was with Deputy Gonzales’ brother at Mercy Southwest hospital and that Gabriel had passed away.
On duty in our local substation since April of 2012 (nine years ago), Deputy Gonzales was Frazier Park’s longest serving deputy.
This is part of the September 17, 2021 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.
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